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Two exhibitions

Museum of Contemporary Art MOT, Tokyo

The show of Tokujin Yoshioka is the opportunity to consider the relationship between nature and human-beings. "Bunny Smash" focuses on practices in design by a total of 21 designers, artists and architects, both domestic and foreign, who address various elements and phenomena pertaining to today's highly advanced information society in the form of tangible design.

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Tokujin Yoshioka

Tokujin Yoshioka is one of the most influential artists in the world, highly acclaimed for his unrestrained concepts and experimental creativity in a wide range of fields, including art, design, and architecture, which have won him high acclaim both at home and abroad. It explores the extraordinary fascination of his oeuvre.

As new works of this exhibition, the crystallized painting drawn by the vibration of music, “Swan Lake”, a sculpture of a crystallized flower, “Rose”, a chair constructed of seven strings, “Spider’s thread” and “Rainbow Church” built of crystal prisms and other pieces that have never been exhibited including his major works. This exhibition will be a vital opportunity to consider the relationship between nature and human-beings, and to share the scene that he “crystallizes (= gives a form to)” it as his creation for the next generation.

Artist Profile
Tokujin Yoshioka
Born in Saga, Japan in 1967. Worked under Shiro Kuramata in 1987 and Issey Miyake since 1988 and established his own studio, TOKUJIN YOSHIOKA INC. in 2000. He has done many projects with Issey Miyake for nearly 20 years such as space design and installation for ISSEY MIYAKE. Also, he has collaborated with various companies in and outside Japan such as CARTIER, HERMÈS, LEXUS, TOYOTA, SWAROVSKI, and other noted ones. Since the paper chair “Honey-pop”(2001) has attracted a great deal of public attention, Tokujin produced Driade’s “Tokyo-pop”, Yamagiwa’s lighting “TōFU”, cell phone “MEDIA SKIN” for au design project, chandelier “STARDUST” , stool "Eternal" and "Stellar "for SWAROVSKI Crystal Palace, the chair made by baking fiber structure “PANE Chair - Baking A Bread Chair”. "Water Block", a representative work of optical glass projects started since 2002, is permanently exhibited in Musee d'Orsay, Paris. Some of his most important works are exhibited as a part of permanent collections in the world’s well-known museums such as Museum of Modern Art(MoMA) in New York, Centre National d’ Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou, Victoria and Albert Museum, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and Vitra Design Museum.


Bunny Smash
Design to touch the world

Curators: Yuko Hasegawa (Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo Chief Curator), Hiroshi Kashiwagi

As society has become increasingly complex since entering the 21st century, design has also been undergoing dramatic changes. Today, the sort of design that is taking on increasing importance is one that has the capacity to change people's perception of society, as opposed to one that contributes to the constant stream of consumer products pursuing “newness.” This exhibition focuses on practices in design by a total of twenty one designers, artists and architects, both domestic and foreign, who address various elements and phenomena pertaining to today's highly advanced information society in the form of tangible design. Crossing over genres, their practices interpret the present landscape of the world we live in through unique measures. At times, through unexpected ideas, they give us the opportunity to see and feel the world in ways which we would not otherwise. By providing a comprehensive physical experience, as opposed to one that depends solely on the sense of vision, the exhibition aims to question anew existing bodies of knowledge and the ways in which information is disseminated in society, while also providing an entry point for viewers to think about ways in which they can engage with the world as active participants.

An analogy can be drawn between the eye-opening experience of seeing the world differently and Alice stepping into a parallel universe while chasing the White Rabbit in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The White Rabbit encourages us to delve into the new realm of Wonderland; he is the symbolic figure who “smashes up” logical perspectives and conventions. The exhibition title “BUNNY SMASH” connotes this sort of invitation to the world through a different gateway.
Artists: *in alphabetical order

Burak Arikan
Atelier Bow-Wow + Tokyo Tech + Tsukuba University
Bureau d'études
Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen
Leandro Erlich
Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg & Sascha Pohflepp
Hiroshi Ishii + Tangible Media Group/ MIT Media Lab
Tsunehisa Kimura
Michael Lee
Mikael Metthey
Rhizomatiks (Daito Manabe and others)
Fernando Sánchez Castillo
Shinichi Takemura
Sissel Tolaas
Yosuke Ushigome
Marnie Weber
Judi Werthein
Richard Wilson

Exhibition catalogue
“BUNNY SMASH design to touch the world” Scheduled to be published on October 20, 2013
Texts by: Hiroshi Kashiwagi, Taku Satoh, Anthony Dunne & Fiona Raby, Akira Mizuta Lippit, Yuko Hasegawa
Publisher: Film Art Inc. ISBN: 978-4-8459-1317-6

Press contact:
Kumiko Ohara T +81 (0)3 52451134 / F +81 (0)3 52451141

Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT)
4-1-1, Miyoshi, Koto-ku Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 18:00 (*Last admission to the gallery floor is at 17:30)
Closed on: Mondays (except for Oct.14, Nov.4, Dec.23, and Jan.13),Oct.15, Nov.5, Dec.24, Dec.28 - Jan.1, and Jan.14
Adult: ¥1,100 (¥880)
University & College Student, Over 65yrs old: ¥800 (¥680)
High School & Junior High School Student: ¥600(¥480) /
Free for Elementary School & Under
*( ) Price for a group, over 20 people
*Free entry to MOT Collection for ticket holders

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